What Is AVID?

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    AVID national demonstration school logo               AVID logo for instruction, systems, leadership and culture            

    AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. At Carver, AVID is more than just a program - it is a philosophy that is ingrained across all we do. AVID enables Carver to best serve students who need support in order to succeed in becoming college ready. It also helps students realize their full potential in Advanced College Prep (Honors and ODYSSEY-Honors) courses, the most challenging courses the school district offers. Our students learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking and questioning, receive academic assistance to help them succeed in their advanced courses, and participate in college-readiness activities. The AVID system works so well at Carver Middle School that AVID, a global nonprofit, selected Carver as a National Demonstration School in 2016. Carver has also been awarded AVID's Schoolwide Site of Distinction, recognizing the highest level of AVID implementation and excellence in promoting college readiness schoolwide, for multiple years. These honors are reserved for only 2% of the more than 6,000 AVID schools across our nation.

    “Carver Middle School is no longer a school with an AVID program, we are now an AVID school - it is part of what we do. The AVID model strategies are used for instruction every day throughout our school. We are proud that Carver serves as an AVID National Demonstration School and is helping model this program for new AVID sites,” said Terry Pruitt, Chief Academic officer.

    Learn more about the AVID system here.